Rebecca Williams, Managing Director, Rockefeller Group FTZ Services
Rebecca Williams is Managing Director for Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone Services, a division of Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and a part of Rockefeller Group. Rockefeller Group is a private corporation dedicated to excellence in commercial real estate development and services including foreign-trade zone (“FTZ”) feasibility, site selection, approval, activation, and operational support.
For nearly 20 years, Ms. Williams has assisted companies with the implementation and integration of FTZ operations as well as general import/export compliance strategies. Ms. Williams and the Rockefeller Group FTZ Services team successfully lead multinational clients across a broad range of industries through every aspect of FTZ implementation including detailed FTZ feasibility analysis, FTZ designation and production authority, activation preparation and approval, coordination with Partner Government Agencies (“PGAs”), detailed FTZ “go live” and operational support, and ongoing compliance advice and training. Ms. Williams also assists clients with a variety of general import/export issues related to classification, valuation, internal compliance assessments, C-TPAT requirements, prior disclosures, trade preference programs, and other regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Rockefeller Group FTZ Services, Ms. Williams was a Manager at TradeStar Advisory Services and an Associate at KPMG’s Trade & Customs Practice. Ms. Williams earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, is a licensed Customs Broker and an NAFTZ Accredited Zone Specialist.
Ms. Williams is an active member of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (“NAFTZ”) where she is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors after completing seven years of service. In her NAFTZ leadership capacity, beginning in 2015 Ms. Williams initiated and led NAFTZ’s substantial efforts to integrate PGA reporting requirements for FTZ filers in the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”) in order to ensure accommodation of the unique interests of the FTZ user community. During 2018, Ms. Williams also led NAFTZ’s complicated and substantial efforts to mitigate the negative impact of recent trade remedy actions (Section 201, Section 232, Section 301) on FTZ users and co-chaired the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (“COAC”) Part 146 FTZ Regulatory Reform Working Group tasked with updating and modernizing the CBP FTZ regulations (19 CFR Part 146).